03/08/2013 10:44 am ET Updated May 08, 2013

10 Reasons to Invest in Women

Today is International Women's Day; a day to honor women, celebrate their success and raise awareness about the unique obstacles that women and girls face around the world. Across the United States, and throughout the world, we have seen remarkable progress as women rise to the top of public and private organizations, and make significant strides as producers, consumers, and entrepreneurs. Yet despite this amazing transformation, we must not forget that there is still much work to be done. We must continue to work together to build momentum. Women are an incredible force, and harnessing their full economic and social potential is critical to making our world one in which we are all equals.

At Opportunity International, we have seen the power of investing in one woman, then watching her make a difference not only in her family, but throughout her community. We have seen the remarkable acceleration effect of microfinance investment in women, and know that women have the potential to change the world. As Sheryl WuDunn said, "Women are not the problem -- they're the solution."

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10 Reasons to Invest in Women